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Compendium, compendia, compendial: Clearing up the mystery of these terms

Claudia Costabile, M.A., APR Submitted by Claudia Costab… on Wed, 11/22/2017 - 09:51
Stack of compendium

In conversations about the role of quality standards in public health, you might come across the words “compendia” and “compendial.” At USP, terms like “compendial approaches,” “compendial standards,” and “compendial tools” are part of our everyday vocabulary. But their meaning can be a bit of a mystery to people who work outside of the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory bodies.

Can changes to prescription labels and other public standards help tame the opioid crisis?

Ron Piervincenzi Submitted by Ron Piervincenzi on Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:53
Broken opioid pills

The opioid crisis in the U.S. seems to be part of nearly every news broadcast and news site today. And based on the number of people affected by this crisis, serious conversations about how to help are more important than ever. The CDC estimates that more than 100 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. And nearly 12 million people – close to 4% of the U.S.

People, Partners and Public Health: New Brand Showcases How USP Improves Health Around the World

Ron Piervincenzi Submitted by Ron Piervincenzi on Thu, 07/27/2017 - 19:31
Experience the New Brand Identity

Today, two billion people – more than 25% of the world’s population – benefit from the quality standards we develop with our partners for how medicines, dietary supplements, and food are produced. These standards help build a foundation for quality that makes the world a safer and healthier place. Click here to read more.

Of Health and Men - Celebrating Men's Health Month

Robert Gutnikoff Submitted by Robert Gutnikoff on Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:29
Healthy man takes a water break.

Men are more likely than women to smoke and drink alcohol, put off regular medical checkups, and make less than healthy choice. Some men use dietary supplements to help them achieve their health goals, with many good results. However, some scientists are becoming increasingly cautious about these supplements because of the way they can impact the liver. One way to avoid adulterated supplements is to seek out the USP Verified Mark on the labels. 

Pharmaceuticals, printers and paintballs: when variability in excipient quality is and isn’t acceptable

Ramona Joseph Submitted by Ramona Joseph on Mon, 06/26/2017 - 10:28
Excipient Quality blog post thumbnail.

Regardless of whether it’s prescription or over-the-counter, the ingredients on a drug product label typically include one, maybe two, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). The rest of the list is comprised of “inactive” ingredients (excipients) which in reality are far from inactive. Variability may be acceptable for products such as printer ink and paintballs, but not pharmaceuticals, making quality standards for excipients critical to ensuring consistent drug quality.

Food Quality: Do You Really Get What You Pay For?

Ramona Joseph Submitted by Ramona Joseph on Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:02
Food quality: do you really get what you pay for?

When purchasing food products, consumers may take for granted that the information on the label accurately reflects the contents of the package. As they become more health conscious and aware of food quality, many are willing to pay more for what they perceive to be healthier, higher quality foods. Unfortunately, there are instances when consumers’ trust in the integrity and quality of the foods they buy is misplaced. Many common foods are among the most susceptible to adulteration.